Pork chops with quick rhubarb sauce

Summer is the perfect time of year to fire up the grill and cook out with the whole family. During the summer, many people traditionally throw ground beef on the grill and cook up some hamburgers.

Instead of sticking to tradition, try this quick and healthy grilled pork chop and rhubarb sauce recipe to spice up your summer cookouts and make the whole family happy!

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Pork chops with quick rhubarb sauce

Pork Chops with Quick Rhubarb Sauce

Servings: 4 (each with 1 pork chop + 1/4 cup sauce)

Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper, divided
  • 4 pork chops (preferably bone-in pork chops)
  • 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced rhubarb, fresh or frozen (thawed and drained)
  • 1 tsp. butter


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. In a small bowl, combine thyme, oil and 1/4 tsp. of salt and pepper. Smear evenly over all of the pork chops.
  3. In a microwave-safe pie pan, combine juice, broth, honey, shallots and the remaining 1/4 tsp. of salt and pepper. Microwave, uncovered, on high until reduced by about half (6 to 9 minutes). Stir in rhubarb and microwave, stirring once, until the rhubarb is beginning to break down (3 to 6 minutes). Stir in butter.
  4. While preparing the sauce, oil the grill rack and grill the pork chops, turning once, until cooked through. Serve with rhubarb sauce.

Recipe adjusted from: http://www.eatingwell.com

5 ways to stay sun safe

The sun’s UVA & UVB rays increase your chance of skin cancer and cause your skin to age prematurely. We asked Jeshila McGovern, an esthetician at Fairview Clinics – Primary Care Skin in Eden Prairie, to share some quick tips in staying sun safe.

Stay sun safe this summer!

Stay sun safe this summer!

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun:

1. Protect your skin by choosing sunscreen that is SPF of 30+
and one that has both UVA & UVB protection (broad spectrum).

2. Sunscreens with ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone and
aminobenzoic acid absorb the UV rays before they harm the skin.

3. Having a sunscreen that includes zinc oxide and/or titanium
dioxide gives you better protection from the sun?s harmful rays because
they help reflect UV rays away from the skin.

4. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Remember
to re-apply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
The sun?s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
If possible, limit your sun exposure during these peak times.

5. On Wednesdays, all skin care products at
Fairview Clinics ? Primary Care Skin in Eden Prairie, including
sunscreen, are 20% off.

At Fairview Clinics – Primary Care Skin in Eden Prairie, our esthetician Jeshila McGovern can help you choose treatments and skin care products that are best for you and your skin goals. Visit Fairview.org/skincare for more information.

Grilled sweet potatoes with lime and cilantro

When trying to come up with side dishes for summer meals, many people love the thought of good old fashion French fries. While tasty, fries are not a particularly healthy option for a side dish.

Instead, try this quick and easy grilled sweet potato with lime and cilantro recipe. You’ll get the same great taste of fries, but with all of the nutrients found in sweet potatoes!


Grilled sweet potatoes with lime and cilantro

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

Servings: 4

Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4cup canola oil
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/4cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Parcook the potatoes. Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender; let cool. Slice each potato lengthwise into eighths.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix 1 Tbsp. salt, lime zest, and cayenne in a small bowl.
  3. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown on all sides and just cooked through (about 1 1/2 minutes on each side).
  4. Transfer to a platter and immediately season with salt mixture, then sprinkle with cilantro.

Recipe adjusted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com

Fairview Health Services names Chief Human Resources Officer

Carolyn Jacobson was recently named chief human resources officer for Fairview Health Services.

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Jacobson is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including talent recruitment and performance management, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, training and development and human resources administration.

Jacobson has been serving in the role on an interim basis since July 2013.

“Fairview employees and our partners deliver world-class care,” says Fairview President and CEO Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE. “Carolyn brings the experience we need to recruit and retain top talent for Fairview and to foster an organizational culture where team members can deliver thrive.”

Jacobson joined Fairview in 2008 to lead the organizational development area and then assumed responsibility for all human resources. Before joining Fairview, Jacobson was a global organizational effectiveness leader for Honeywell. She has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience.

Fairview Health Services, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, academic health system providing exceptional health care across the entire continuum. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 21,000 employees and 2,300 aligned physicians embrace innovation and new thinking to deliver greater value—higher quality, better experience and lower cost.

Fairview and community partners launch ‘Health UP’ in Forest Lake

How do you improve the health of a community? If you’re Kathy Bystrom, you gather key partners, do careful planning for more than a year then launch Health UP—an innovative, community-based health and well-being initiative.

Health UP kickoff

Some girls show their enthusiasm in front of the Health UP sign at Lake Fest in Forest Lake.

Health UP uses four basic themes—eat, play, move and connect—to support residents of Forest Lake and the surrounding school district in making healthy lifestyle decisions.

Making the healthy choice the ‘easy choice’

“We want to structure our community in such as way that it encourages health and well-being,” says Kathy, manager of Community Health Outreach at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minn. “Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Health UP’s initial projects include:

  • Launching the Health UP website (healthupfl.org) with information, ideas and resources related to the themes of eat, move, play and connect
  • Creating a worksite wellness initiative that helps local employers start employee wellness programs or enhance existing ones
  • Working with interested local restaurants to help them add healthy options to their menus with assistance from a Fairview nutritionist

Health UP had its kickoff at Forest Lake’s annual Lake Fest celebration in late May. Watch this fun “flash mob” video from the launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWbEQ24sOco 

Based on local health needs

Health UP grew directly out of the findings from Fairview Lakes Medical Center’s 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which found that obesity and related chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heart diseases)—along with behavioral health issues (including depression and chemical dependency)—were top local health concerns.

Support for the first year’s work came from donors to Fairview Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund, which provided $30,000 in start-up funding.

Health UP organizers hope to receive some additional funding from the local health department through the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Organizers continue to refine the Year One work and make plans for Year Two initiatives, which tentatively include:

  • Improving access to healthy foods for underserved populations through partnerships with local food shelves and grocery stores
  • Increasing access to free or low-cost physical activities and exercise classes
  • Working with local faith communities to help people living in isolation feel more supported
  • Starting a screen time reduction initiative in the local schools

A broad community partnership

In February 2013, Kathy convened a core planning team to talk about how to improve community health.

That core planning team is made up of city officials—including the mayor—as well as school district leaders, county public health officials, local business people and health care providers.

“I think it’s a unique partnership that represents leadership from a very broad group of organizations and businesses within our community,” says Chris Johnson, mayor of Forest Lake.

“This is a very positive community health initiative that’s helped develop better partnerships among the organizations, making them more strategic and effective—so that it’s easier for people who want to ‘health up’ any aspect of their lives to do so.”

Four simple, clear themes

Health UP booth at Lake Fest

Kathy Bystrom, community health outreach manager at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, helped out at the Health UP booth during Lake Fest. Several hundred people signed up to get more information.

Linda Madsen, superintendent of Forest Lake Area Schools, credits Kathy with being “the driving force to get us started and pull us together.”

She thinks the simplicity of the four themes will help it catch on.

“‘Eat, move, play, connect’ helps keep it in your mind, but it’s not confusing or overwhelming—I think that’s the beauty of it,” she says.

The core planning team has been discussing how best to measure and evaluate programs within Health UP to determine what impact they’re having on community health and well-being.

“We’re looking at this as creating some long-term changes,” says Kathy. “Having these key stakeholders involved at this level really opens doors for us to get meaningful and measurable work done.”

A model that can be replicated

Although Health UP is geared toward Forest Lake, Kathy says they’ve tried to create a model that could be replicated in other communities.

Sharna Braucks, executive director of the Y in Lino Lakes and a core planning team member, says Health UP focuses not just on physical health, but also on social and emotional health.

“We’re looking at the whole person,” she says.

“Everyone has had such a positive reaction—I know we’re creating something great.”